Hawai’i Community College attends Ethnomathematics Summer Institute

Monica Burnett, Kahaulani Kupihea (Mokauea resident), Kamaka Gunderson, Noe Noe Wong-Wilson and Leialoha Ilae-Kaleimamahu on Mokauea island.

Noe Noe Wong-Wilson and the Hokuleʻa crew.

Leialoha Ilae-Kaleimamahu engaged in service learning at Mokauea.

Leialoha Ilae-Kaleimamahu, Monica Burnett, Noe Noe Wong-Wilson and Kamaka Gunderson attended the 5th Ethnomathematics Summer Institute on Oʻahu in June, 2013.

The Ethnomathematics Summer Institute program “allows University of Hawai‘i faculty, staff, and students to design and implement mathematics grounded in the ethnic, historical, and cultural diversities of our state” (Dr. Linda Furuto).

Dr. Furuto, the Ethnomathematics Summer Institute Director from UH West Oʻahu and UH Manoa, initiated the program in 2008 with funding from the National Science Foundation.

University students and mathematics teachers at area high schools and in the university system learn to connect mathematics concepts with ethnic and cultural knowledge. The applied knowledge is expressed through field research, experiment and assessment.

Hawaiʻi Community College staff who attended the event provided an integral academic and cultural component to the institute. They participated in discussions and service learning at Mokauea, a fishing village in the Kalihi/Kapalama Ahupuaʻa, a snapfish science experiment at Moku O Loʻe in Heʻeia, and Polynesian Navigation exercises using the Star Compass at the home of Nainoa Thompson of the Polynesian Voyaging Society. Institute participants engaged in learning and discussion that are directly transferable to classroom curriculum and student services.

The Ethnomathematics Summer Institute will be offered in Summer 2014 under the direction of Dr. Linda Furuto. Applications for student and faculty participations are available in early spring.

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